The 25-acre facility, which handles around 400,000 teu each year,was described to CM by Wilby Whitt, president CSX Intermodal Terminals, as “probably the most congested terminal in our system”. Currently containersare trucked to an off-site location prior to collection, simply to free up space at the terminal.
The three cranes, delivered at the end of August, will be ready for operational use in January. The site will be a hybrid, with the cranes serving a three wide, three high stack, as well as four rail tracks and dedicated trailer lanes; all these will be located under the cranes or their cantilevers. Once fully operational, the terminal’s annual capacity will be 750,000 teu.
“This is our first attempt at retro-fitting a terminal and if successful, we will have the ability to convert our other 35 terminals in line with our 20-year plan to increase throughput,” indicated Whitt, adding that construction of a new wide-span grounded facility is also on-going at Winter Haven, Florida, scheduled to open in May 2014.
CSX Intermodal Terminals opened its first wide-span grounded container rail facility at its Northwest Ohio facility last year. The facility, with five semi-automated Kunz wide-span RMGs,currently processes thirty-four scheduled daily trains on eight processing tracks and nine block swap tracks. The cranes also service a five wide, four high container stack, with annual throughputclose to 3.25m teu.
The Northwest Ohio facility is in addition to two CSX terminals in Chicago.